Anna-Jane Peterson, Principal Physiotherapist

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  • Has an interest in complex problems and persistent pain. 
  • Is a holistic physiotherapist she uses an Integrated Therapeutic Approach combining Physiotherapy, Biomechanics, Neuroanatomy, Exercise and Sports Science, Therapeutic Yoga, Osteopathy, Psychology, Craniosacral Therapy, and neuromuscular retraining techniques.
  • Particular areas of interest are foot and ankle pain, peripheral nerve pain, thoracic ring (rib) pain, knees, and head and neck pain. She treats all areas of the body.
  • Combines evidence-based knowledge with clinical experience and a holistic biopsychosocial approach.
  • Believes in treating the whole of you, not dividing you into parts.
  • Treats you as an individual with no recipe treatments.
  • Aims to empower you to treat yourself through education, and experiencing a change in your own body, to return you to optimal physical health.
  • Passionate about helping you have a better quality of life with pain-free movement.
  •  25 years of experience, she has treated over 20,000 people of different ages and fitness levels.

My Story:

 

“The daughter of an orthopaedic surgeon, I grew up with medicine. I began my physio career with a love of sport (snow skiing, running, hockey, horse riding etc) and became a Sports Physio in 1999.

 

I traveled the world working in London and France, including working as a ski guide where I fostered a love for moguls and freestyle skiing. I was fortunate to tour with the Australian Freestyle Ski team and went the World Cup in the USA as their physio. I completed further study in Exercise and Sports Science, Functional Anatomy, and Biomechanics.

 

I worked as a locum for many well known physios when I got back and learnt a lot. I have always been a ‘hands-on ‘ physio, really feeling what was going on in a person’s tissues. I also love biomechanics; looking at correcting posture, poor walking/running habits. Through working in gyms and with triathletes I specialised in treating lower limb injuries, particularly feet. Having a curious mind I’ve added complementary therapies to Physio, such as courses in osteopathy, craniosacral therapy, and therapeutic yoga.

 

In my early 20’s I had my share of injury with two knee reconstructions. I recovered and returned to competitive skiing to later fractured my knee. My love for fast sports had to change. I could no longer run or ski like I wanted to.  I started doing Yoga. I found this both challenging and fascinating. The personal growth it has taught me is invaluable.

 

Yoga has taught me so much, physically and philosophically. I now listen to my body and its needs. My knees have given me little trouble since practicing Yoga. Yoga has enabled me to return to skiing, bushwalk and live a normal pain-free life. It has given me an extra 15 years of use of my knees without further surgery, when the surgeons predicted I’d have surgery again much sooner.

 

Lifes experiences have made me an empathic practitioner, always interested in you and helping you heal your pain and injury.

 

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